Highland Hospice (Highland)

Charity registered in Scotland SC011227

The Hospice aims:

To provide specialist inter-disciplinary palliative care to patients suffering from life threatening cancer and other appropriate terminal illnesses.

To provide continuing support into bereavement to carers, relatives and friends.

To act as an education and resource centre for health care professionals and others interested in furthering the work of palliative care.

To initiate and participate in audit and research projects within the field of palliative care.

To consolidate, expand and improve these services to achieve the highest possible standard of palliative care within a cost which is affordable.


Current opportunities

Our Helping Hands Befrienders offer supportive, reliable relationships to people affected by advancing illness, helping them to cope and improve their well-being. Main responsibilities: • The duties and responsibilities of a Helping Hands Befriender can be many and varied as the relationship is unique and tailored to the needs of the individual person. • The volunteer supports patients and their carers affected by advancing illness in their own home or care establishment providing friendship and social support. • Volunteers receive comprehensive training in order to provide appropriate support to the patient, carer and family members and are expected to keep training up to date. • Client-related activities may include: • Providing a listening ear for patients, carers and their families • Providing companionship (reading, chatting, letter writing) • Providing respite for carers for short periods (up to maximum of three hours) as agreed • Offering opportunities to participate in social/recreational and daily living activities (may go out on trips) • This is not a clinical service, so volunteers will not provide any personal care to patients. • Good social and communication skills • A caring, sympathetic, sensitive manner and a non-judgmental approach • Ability to sensitively and appropriately relate to the client group • Polite, caring and friendly nature • The ability to be around people in distress and remain calm

In the city Café @ Highland Hospice provides members of the public with hot drinks, baking, snacks and lunches. It is a new venture and a valuable source of fundraising for the Hospice. The café operates a table service as well as a takeaway service. Staff serve teas, coffees, baking and light lunches prepared on site. Volunteers will be helping to welcome customers to the Café, show them to their table, clear tables and clean dishes.

In the city Café @ Highland Hospice provides members of the public with hot drinks, baking, snacks and lunches. It is a new venture and a valuable source of fundraising for the Hospice. The café operates a table service as well as a takeaway service. Staff serve teas, coffees, baking and light lunches prepared on site. Volunteers will be helping to welcome customers to the Café, show them to their table, clear tables and clean dishes.